Mississippi civil rights sites, including the home of slain leader Medgar Evers, should be considered for national monument designation, the U.S. interior secretary says in a memo to President Donald Trump….
…Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, have been working with Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson to make the Evers home a part of the National Park Service. Cochran is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Zinke’s memo says that a federal spending bill directs the park service to do “resource studies” for Mississippi civil rights sites.
Alan Spears is cultural resources director for the National Parks Conservation Association , a private, nonprofit group that supports the parks. He said there are two ways to establish a national park: through legislation passed by Congress or through the president using a century-old law to establish a national monument.
San Fransico Chronicle